AFLP reveals low genetic diversity of the bryozoan Pectinatella magnifica (Leidy, 1851) in the Czech Republic

Vendula Moravcová, Jana Moravcová, Vladislav Čurn, Zuzana Balounová, Josef Rajchard, Lenka Havlíčková*

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Background: Non-native species have aroused scientific interest because of their ability to successfully colonise areas to which they have been introduced, despite their sometimes limited genetic variation compared to their native range. These species establish themselves with the aid of some pre-existing features favouring them in the new environment.Pectinatella magnifica(Leidy, 1851), the freshwater magnificent bryozoan, is non-native in Europe and Asia. This study was designed to determine the genetic diversity and population structure ofP. magnificacolonies collected from the Protected Landscape Area (PLA) and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Třeboňsko (the Czech Republic) in the 2009 and 2011-2014 periods using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP).

Findings: The vast majority of the examined non-native colonies, except three colonies sampled in 2012, expressed very low levels of genetic variation, not differentiating from the USA native colony. The Bayesian clustering approach grouped the 28 accessions into two genetically different populations.

Conclusions: The data suggest relatively low gene diversity within all colonies, which might reflect the recent expansion ofP. magnificain the Czech Republic.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12
Pages (from-to)6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of biological research (Thessalonike, Greece)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2017

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  • Bryozoan
  • Invasive species
  • Non-native species
  • Pectinatella magnifica

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